Friday, 27 November 2009

Mia the Meek by Eileen Boggess

From Amazon: Mia Fullerton has entered her freshman year at St. Hilary s with a goal: to lose her nickname Mia the Meek, and soar into a confident high school career. Unfortunately, her transformation is made harder by her English-teacher mom, bratty little brother, already popular nemesis, and new neighbor. Although she s prepared herself for the battle by reading Excruciatingly Shy: How to Defeat Public Fear and Become Popular, her freshman year remains a series of uphill battles.

I love funny, entertaining books, and Mia the Meek certainly falls into those categories. Filled with extremely likeable characters, a fast pace, and more embarrassing moments than a girl should ever have to go through, it's definitely a book to add to your wishlist.

I loved Boggess's writing style, and her witty dialogue really jumped off the page. The teen vocabulary was realistic, and I never once thought the characters were too old for their age. She has a great handle on contemporary teen life, and I think that's a really important skill to possess.

As a character, Mia was everything I like. She wasn't perfect or ridiculously popular, and instead was normal and down to earth. New next door neighbour Tim was a smart-mouthed idiot at times, and even I felt like punching him, so I don't know how Mia restrained herself. Talk about self-control. Or am I just overly picky about people? Hmm, that's probably the more likely explanation!

I have no major complaints about Mia the Meek, though I would have liked it to have been longer -- just as I was really getting emotionally invested in the story, it ended. Luckily, there are two other books in the series waiting for me, and I hope Boggess writes more. This is a highly enjoyable tween book for YA readers of all ages, and I for one can't wait to see what happens to Mia next.


Chicklish said...

This books sounds right up my street! :)
Thanks for the great review - I'm adding it to my wishlist!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

This sounds great. I love her nickname!

Lauren said...

Excellent review! I'm getting really into this type of fun book at the moment, so it's great to hear about this one. Love to read about characters' embarrassing moments too!